VINS Celebrates 50 Years

50 Year Anniversary

Press Releases

A festive year for VINS, with a series of fun events throughout the year.


Valley News

After 50 years, VINS continues to be a mainstay for tourists and residents alike.


The Quechee Times

The origin of VINS lies in a case to clean up the Ottauquechee River.


Woodstock Magazine

VINS has a long and successful history focused on environmental education.

News & Press Releases

VINS Presents Artist Margaret Lampe Kannenstine

In celebration of VINS 50 Year Anniversary we are pleased to announce local artist Margaret (Peggy) Lampe Kannenstine’s art exhibit, open April 2 to June 30 in the Neale Pavilion at the VINS Nature Center. Peggy is an artist whose acrylic paintings and works on paper have been shown widely for decades, and are held in many permanent collections around the country.

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VINS Celebrates 50 Year Anniversary

Over the last 50 Years, through several iterations and even rising from occasional adverse events, VINS has become a sought-after destination for visitors to Vermont and the Upper Valley. To mark this historic occasion, VINS will host a series of fun events throughout the year. There will also be an anniversary celebration on or close to the actual birth date of VINS in mid-October.

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The Return of Escaped Harris’s Hawk Paige

The Vermont Institute of Natural Science is excited and relieved to announce that Paige, a Harris’s Hawk who flew off during a training session last month, is back home at the VINS Nature Center. Paige came to VINS in November of 2019 from a licensed falconer in Texas.

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VT Nature Newsletter

Fall 2022 VT Nature

VT Nature

Fall/Winter 2022-23

VINS renews its commitment to the mission of environmental education for the next 50 years and beyond.

Vermont Nature Spring 22

VT Nature

Spring/Summer 2022

VINS remembers its past as it celebrates 50 years, and introduces a new afterschool program for outdoor learning.

Forest Canopy Walk

VT Nature

Fall/Winter 2021-22

At VINS, climate change compels us to educate our communities, and commit to reducing our carbon footprint.